May 2, 2012 6:53am
Surviving 1949 broadcasts by ABC at the UCLA Film and Television Archive
Obviously, the "Lone Ranger" episodes from 1949 survive, but here's some less known shows. Some of these shows may be terrible. Some of them might be very good. Ain't that wonderful?
Some of these series also have surviving episodes from 1950.or 1951. Or even other years! Ain't that wonderful?
I read somewhere that in the exciting 1970s, ABC donated their archive to the UCLA Film and Television Archive. So I looked up the surviving 1949 ABC shows in the archive. I am lazy. I cheated in my methods of search, by looking up "ABC 1949" instead of searching each show by title. So this is likely incomplete. Ain't that wonderful?
Actors' Studio (1949-03-06)
Arch Oboler's comedy theatre (1949-11-04, 1949-10-07, 1949-09-23, 1949-10-14)
Auction-aire (1949-10) (home viewers bid labels of sponsors products in order to win prizes. Ain't that wonderful?)
Club Seven (1949, unidentified issue. Format sounds similar to "The Morey Amsterdam Show". Segments includes a Lord Buckley stand-up routine where he imitates Louis Armstrong)
Dr. Webb of Horseshoe Bend (what was this, anyway? It's not listed on IMDb)
Hollywood Screen Test (Unidentified issue. Appearing are Sonia Sorel and Robert Quarry)
Mysteries of Chinatown (1949-12-28) (let me guess: white actors in make-up as asians? Ugh, no thanks, I'd rather watch "Auction-aire". This doesn't sound wonderful)
Photo-play time (1949-10-17) (was this a local series?)
Ruggles (unidentified issue. There's also a big lot of 1950-1951 episodes surviving. Ain't that wonderful?)
Volume one (1949-07-21, which was the final episode) (this series sounds cool. The site's description: "A scientist who has invented a time machine attempts to outsmart the greedy businessman who commissioned the invention, but both are foiled by a very crafty newspaperwoman". Ain't that wonderful?)
The wren’s nest (Unidentified episode) (was this a local series?)
Your witness (1949-12-12) (this was a courtroom anthology series)
There are almost certainly other surviving episodes of 1949 ABC content at other archives, but I am lazy and can't be bothered to look them up.